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ski racing

Ligety dominates to win giant slalom at Alta Badia

ALTA BADIA, Italy – Ted Ligety cruised to his third giant slalom win of the season by more than two seconds Sunday after an opening run that left his rivals in awe, giving the U.S. Ski Team two wins in two days.

Teamate Steve Nyman won the downhill in a surprising result Saturday.

Ligety sliced his way down the classic Gran Risa course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 37.27 seconds.

Defending overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher finished second, 2.04 seconds behind, and Thomas Fanara of France was third, 3.27 back.

Ligety, from Salt Lake city, posted a 2.40-second advantage over Hirscher in the first run and needed to make sure he made no major mistakes in the second leg.

He had a slight problem midway down in the second run, putting his left hand down on the snow but quickly regained control.

Mancuso sixth for women; Vonn falls on first run

COURCHEVEL, France – Tina Maze of Slovenia is looking more and more unbeatable in giant slalom this season – and her lead over Lindsey Vonn in the World Cup standings is getting bigger and bigger.

Maze won her fourth consecutive GS Sunday to extend her overall World Cup lead – and more importantly create a bigger gap to Vonn, the defending champion, who had another disappointing day and failed to finish.

Maze had a comfortable lead of 0.63 seconds over Frenchwoman Tessa Worley after her first run, and the 29-year-old Slovenian then held off Austria’s Kathrin Zettel in the second to win by 0.22.

Worley was third, 0.40 back.

Austria’s Anna Fenninger finished fourth but was 1:16 behind Maze.

Julia Mancuso of California finished sixth for the U.S. Vail teenage Mikaela Shiffrin finished ninth.

women’s soccer

National Women’s Soccer League to start in spring

CHICAGO – National Women’s Soccer League will be the name of the new league run by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The USSF announced the name of the league Saturday night when the women’s national team played its final game of the year.

The NWSL will start play next spring and replaces the Women’s Professional Soccer league, which folded in May after three seasons.

Its predecessor, Women’s United Soccer Association, lasted only three seasons, from 2001-03.

The eight teams in the new league are: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash and Seattle, which has yet to announce its name.


Lochte wins sixth gold at short-course worlds

ISTANBUL — Ryan Lochte won two more races at the short-course world championships in Turkey on Sunday, finishing the event with six golds and one silver. The result matched his medal tally when the biennial championships were held in Dubai in 2010.

Lochte won the 100-meter individual medley, a day after he broke the world record in the event.

The five-time Olympic champion finished in 51.21 seconds, ahead of Kenneth To of Australia and George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago.

To started well and led at the halfway mark.

He held off Lochte over the breaststroke leg, but the American accelerated in the freestyle to move ahead.

Lochte then joined the U.S. team of Matthew Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Thomas Shields to win the 4x100-meter medley relay in 3:21.03, defeating Russia in second place and Australia in third. Lochte’s time of 45.22 seconds was the fastest on the team.

He also won silver in the 200 backstroke.

Associated Press